Tamsin is sprinting her way to athletics success

A MORAY YOUNGSTER is blazing a trail in the world of athletics after recently retaining sprint titles in the North District championships.

At just 12, Elgin Academy pupil Tamsin Fowlie has the world at her feet – literally, as she continues to outstrip her contemporaries over 100m and 200m.

Tamsin, who is a member of both the Elgin Amateur Athletic Club and Moray Road Runners, is currently ranked as the fastest girl in Scotland in her age group over 60, 75, 100 and 200metres – and rated second in the 150m.

Dad Alistair said: “We are very proud of Tamsin and the hard work she has put in – she is now ranked in the top-10 for Long Jump while her current UK rankings for both the 100m and 200m place her in the top 20.

“Only recently she retained both here 100m and 200m Under-13 girls titles at the North District Championships in Inverness – and now she is looking to challenge for the podium in these events at the Scottish Age Group championships in August.”

Tamsin’s progress in her chosen sport has been remarkable, showing her amazing promise at just 11-years-old when she won the 80metre race at her age group in the Petrofac Athletics League final in Aberdeen – scooping the award for best girls’ track performance of the day.

While shining in the sprint events Tamsin is no slouch either over longer distances – taking on cross-country at her school.

Report by:  Inside Moray

Inaugural Stirling Marathon – 21/05/2017

Baker Hughes 10km – 14/05/2017

Kenny Wilson finished 2nd to Aberdeens Broc Drury in the Baker Hughes 10k today!

Kenny found himself a reluctant leader for the first 8k and after the hill found Broc just that bit stronger, Will Mackay AAAC finished in 3rd.

Another course pb for Kenny though by 39sec finishing in 31.52.
Chris Smith finished in 43.20, Kimberley Clarke was the other MRR taking part but not got her finish time yet! Well done you 3👍🏼

Report by:  Carol Sim

North District Track & Field Championships – 12&13 May

Glen Lyon Ultra – 6/5/2017

Benromach 10km/Northern Scot Series – 07/05/2017

5km Scottish Championship Race – 05/05/2017

There were 3 MRRs on the start line for the Scottish 5k Champs, once again held along the promenade at Silverknowes, Edinburgh.

The race is completely flat, follows a figure of 8 loop and is regarded as a fast course hence the 482 runners this year.

The very blustery conditions made the first and last km extremely challenging but there were still fine performances from

Kenny Wilson (14th) in 15.03

Cameron Main (21st) in 15.14

Gareth Jenkins (68th) in 16.18.

Outstanding run from Cameron, now based in Stirling and still only 17 years old.

Thanks to Carol and George for their on-course support and hopefully see a few more MRRs there next year.


Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

Dufftown 7 Stills 10km – 30/04/2017

2nd Lady

Sunday saw the 2nd 7 Stills 10k at Dufftown as part of the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival.  Numbers were well down from 94 last year to just 50. But it was my first race as a MRR.

Nice mix of road and farm track with some muddy bits.  The route takes you past 7 stills located at Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Convalmore, Parkmore and Mortlach distilleries.  Course was well marked and plenty of friendly marshalls too.
4 MRRs took part with PJ doing the double after the Archiestown 5k in the morning.  After some confusion Justine was awarded a trophy for 2nd female finisher.
Refreshments were laid on in the Commercial Hotel afterwards – plenty of fancy pieces.
I hope this event grows and become as popular as Archiestown hopefully it will continue to be promoted and supported.  Nice bling though.
Report by:  Jo Burton

Highland Fling 53 Mile trail Ultra – 29/04/2017

Saturday saw 6 Team Yella runners on the start line at Milngavie for the 53 mile Ultra Marathon that is The Highland Fling.

Steven Morrison and Fiona Brant as previous participants and Alan Swadel, Robert Bruce, Sally Bruce and Karen Norvell all running the full distance for the first time.

The Fling is a fantastically organised and well attended event, with entry this year being allocated on a ballot basis … the only MRR to miss out was Neil Purdie, who ably stepped up from support crew to relay runner.

The race started at 6am in pretty much perfect running conditions, slightly overcast with cool temperatures, which remained throughout the day with only the odd shower.

It breaks down really into 4 sections…. Milngavie to Drymen (which is the first relay handover and the leg that Neil ran) then over Conic Hill with it’s seemingly endless steps up, ridiculous descent and awesome views over Loch Lomond down to Balmaha (first checkpoint and the chance to grab some breakfast!!)

Along Loch Lomond side to the next two checkpoints of Rowardennan & Inversnaid is what can only be described as ‘technical’ which means in effect doing your mountain goat impression and trying not to face plant as you are attacked by random tree roots …. some people actually enjoy this section!!??

Finally you make it to Beinglas Farm and the final checkpoint… 11 or so miles, including the Roller-coaster and infamous coo – poo alley takes you to the red carpet finish at Tyndrum.

All 6 runners finished…. some of us a little slower than others…. but the experience over this beautiful course and the fantastic people that you both run with and meet along the way is truly brilliant.

Steven : 10 hrs 15 mins (123rd)
Alan : 11 hrs 32 mins (283rd)

Steven & Isla

Fiona : 11 hrs 53 mins (345th)
Sally : 13 hrs 36 mins (586th)
Robert : 13 hrs 42 mins (598th)
Karen : 13 hrs 42 mins (599th)
There were a total of 681 finishers with the final runner over the line in 15 hrs 51 mins and the first one home in a new (ridiculous) course record of 6 hrs 41 mins!!
Ding Ding

Report by:  Karen Norvell

Archiestown 5km – 30/04/2017

I’d been aware of this race for the last few years, but running in ‘Archiestown’ always conjured up visions of crampons and ice axes. However, having driven the Cooncil bus up there several times recently, I realised that it wasn’t such a hostile environment after all. (On a good day)
Nestling high in the hills above the Spey Valley, Archiestown commands amazing views towards the Convals and Ben Rinnes. The village sits at 751 feet, and I knew that all 3 roads out of the town are downhill.

And so it was that a record field of 158 runners, including 14 yellow vests, lined up on the windy, cold, start line looking at a very inviting 1 mile downhill stretch. I’m sure I’m not the only one that had a Garmin boasting a 1 mile PB! But what goes down must come back up again, and a steady climb back to Archiestown ensued…

An uphill finish really tested the stamina of all the runners, but the thought of a huge spread of food spurred us on. A foolish comment to Michelle before the race that she wouldn’t be fit for cake after eating my dust for 5K backfired as expected. (A sprint finish saw her thrashing me by a huge 2 seconds)

Inverness Harriers had a very strong presence at the race and, apart from the Jog Scotland awards, had a clean sweep of the prizes. First MRR home was James Wilson in second place, with Michelle Slater finishing as 3rd lady.

There were lots of spot prizes (I didn’t win any) and even more raffle prizes (I didn’t win any) and the spread of food was very impressive. ( PJ took advantage of this to get properly fuelled up for the Dufftown 10K in the afternoon)

This event is going from strength to strength and it’s easy to see why. Well organised and very friendly with views to rival anywhere. Well done to Team Bain for all their hard work.

The race is the first in the Speyside Series – next race is the Dufftown 5 hills followed by the 12 Mile Windmill Challenge. (See MRR Calendar for details)

Report by:  Simon MacDonald